Real Weddings

Magical proposal transforms into intimate wedding for Louise and Trevor

Louise Johnston never believed in love at first sight until she cast eyes on Trevor Harron for the very first time.

On that destiny-filled Summer’s night out in a local bar back in July 2013, Louise knew he was the one she would marry.

They say to trust your instincts, and hers were completely right as the dedicated pair wed on April 22, 2017 at Douglas Bridge Presbyterian Church in a traditional ceremony performed by both Rev David Reid and Rev Nigel Reid.

Their wedding reception took place at the newly-renovated Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh – a place loved by both the newlyweds and their families alike. “Trevor is the kindest, smartest, hard-working and caring man that I have ever met,” said Louise, who is a clerical officer from Newtownstewart. “I am so incredibly lucky to call him my husband.”

Trevor, an electrical engineer from Sion Mills, has always loved Louise’s long auburn hair, her intelligence and her personality. “The more I got to know her, I realised she’s the kindest person I’ve ever met,” he said.

Louise and Trevor Harron walk down the aisle together as husband and wife.

It was during a romantic trip to the Winter-kissed Gortin Glens on December 23, 2015 that Trevor asked Louise for her hand in marriage. It was also the day of his birthday. As the pair admired the beautiful scenery, Trevor asked Louise to stop in the middle of the rustic bridge which led to the duck pond. He quickly blindfolded her while he decorated the bridge with magical fairy lights, ribbons and holly, making it a sight to behold.

Then he got down on one knee, and presented her with a platinum engagement ring featuring lots of sparkling diamonds surrounding a large rectangular stone in the centre. “I cried happy tears,” Louise reflected. “I had to keep looking at my ring to see if it was real. I still look at it and just love it like the first moment I saw it.”

Louise, who was certainly on the ball, organised her wedding within a week of her engagement. “The day after our engagement, I made an appointment with The Silverbirch Hotel as I knew I wanted to have my reception in their new extension,” she explained. “I had seen the photos and plans beforehand and knew it was going to be amazing. Plus I could never fault the food and service I have had upon previous visits.”

Louise and Trevor Harron pose for pictures in the scenic Gortin Glens on their wedding day.

She added, “I then emailed the florist, band and photographer and had them all booked within the week – and I had my bridesmaid dress before I even looked for my dress.”

Louise also knew, even before her engagement, that she wanted delicately pretty wild flowers of pale pink and lilac to feature in her bridal bouquet and centre pieces, and bridesmaid’s headbands.

It was in Elite Brides in Letterkenny that the bride-to-be fell in love with an ivory dress of lace and glittering crystals around the fitted waist. The low-back dress flared as it reached the ground, and flaunted a beautiful train. “I loved and still love my dress,” Louise said. “I finished it off with a lace-edged cathedral-length veil.”

Feeling ‘extremely calm’ and laid back on the morning of her wedding day, Louise loved sitting back, getting pampered with her beloved family and friends around her. “I had been told that the day flies in so fast so I just wanted to enjoy every second,” Louise said.

The new Mr and Mrs Harron arrive at their wedding venue, the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh via a classic Rover P600.

For Louise, what made her ceremony extra-special was that it took place in the same church where her parents wed, and her grandparents currently attend. “We enjoyed a happy, blissful service,” Louise recalled. “My flower girl stole the show and melted everyone’s heart by dropping petals as she walked up the aisle first. “A harpist played Canon in D as I walked up the aisle, which was relaxing and beautiful.

“The service all went so fast, and before we knew it, we were signing the register.” The 31-year-old concluded, “Our wedding day was a dream come true. “I couldn’t have asked for a better day and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. I wish I could do it all over again, and I really do believe it now when people say it is the fastest and best day of your life… Because it is.”

Joanne Donnell, sister of bride, alongside her husband, Richard Donnell and children, Adam Donnell and April Donnell.

• THE FINER DETAILS •

Wedding dress: Elite Brides, Letterkenny
Hair stylist/salon: Judith Hamilton – Jude’s Flair for Hair
Make-up: Paula Gallagher make-up artist
Bridal Shoes: Next
Head piece/ Veil: Purchased from America
Bridesmaid hair piece: The Artisan Dried Floral Company
Bridesmaid dresses: Coast
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Barry’s Main Street, Castlederg
Cake supplier: Adele’s Cakes, Omagh
Cake design: Three-tiered iced cake of chocolate, lemon and carrot with butter cream. Decorated with fresh flowers
Florist: Floral Temptations, Omagh
Church: Douglas Bridge Presbyterian Church
Transport: Glendale Limousines, Omagh
Reception: The Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh
DJ/band: Hudson Blue
First dance song: Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
Photographer: Ronan McGrade Photography
Other entertainment: Harpist in Church
Honeymoon: Maldives, then Dubai