Michelle and Adam enjoy beautiful wedding beside their children
A beautiful wedding by candlelight in a venue rich in history gave Michelle Phillips and Adam Cummings a day they will always remember.
With their two children proudly by their side, the pair were wed by registrar Michelle Duffy on March 3, 2017 during a civil ceremony at the famous Guildhall in Derry.
The Dunamanagh woman first met Adam on May 14, 2006 in the Fir Trees Hotel Strabane through a group of mutual friends. “He bought me a shot and the rest is history,” Michelle laughed. “Adam is kind – he would give me the world if he could. He is also funny and most importantly, he is a brilliant dad to our children, Addison and Max. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else.”
Together for nearly a decade, it was during a relaxing weekend away to Belfast that the Strabane man asked Michelle to marry him in his own unique way. Uttering the words ‘Let’s go ring shopping’ while enjoying a stay at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, his proposal on March 13 last year may not have been traditional, but for Michelle it was simply perfect.
“I burst out laughing with excitement and nervousness,” Michelle, who is an accountant, reflected. “Adam and I are very alike in the sense that we are not into a big show, we would rather hide from the limelight so this was a perfect engagement for us. “I couldn’t quite believe that we were actually engaged after so long, but I was so happy.”
After ring shopping, they travelled to a nearby bar to celebrate their engagement and eventually called home to let their loved ones know the exciting news. Then it was time for the happy couple to tackle the tough task of wedding planning, but they had their minds set on one thing – getting married within the year.
“I knew the style I wanted for my day,” Michelle explained. “I love pinks and blues so decided to incorporate the two colours together for the colour scheme, but overall our day was traditional. “I think traditional is faultless – it never dates and I didn’t want to look back at my photos and regret anything. “I also wanted to incorporate large light-up letters featuring our initials, A and M in the wedding,” Michelle continued.
“We kept our kids’ name in the same trend – Addison and Max – and I thought this was another nice way to include them in the wedding. Our cake featured the monogram as well.”
With her mother, Mary on hand to offer good advice on which wedding dress to buy, Michelle managed to pick out the perfect gown within two weeks. Featuring a very dramatic skirt and a beautifully long and detailed trail, the mermaid-style number was exactly what she wanted.
“I knew my mum would make sure I picked a beautiful dress,” Michelle smiled. “The main body of the dress is heavy lace and with a sweetheart neckline, while the skirt is tulle with a deep lace trim.” She added, “I decided at the last minute to add spaghetti straps to it, and I am so glad I did. It really turned the dress around and added that little bit of difference which I wanted.”
On the morning of her big day, Michelle described feeling very calm – however she began to feel emotional while writing the heartfelt words she wished to express at the reception. “Thankfully this passed and I was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the preparations,” Michelle recalled.
For Michelle, her wedding ceremony in the Guildhall – beautifully decorated with candles and flowers – was ‘everything she’d hoped for’. “Adam and I are different religions and we always said that we would have a completely neutral wedding ceremony,” Michelle explained. “The Guildhall is such an amazing building with so much outstanding architecture and history, and the ceremony was my favourite part of my day.”
With an entrance sign saying ‘Welcome to the wedding of my mummy and daddy – Michelle Phillips and Adam Cummings’, the bride-to-be struggled to hold back the tears as she walked up the aisle with her father, Tony to an emotional song.
“After researching wedding music, I stumbled across the song ‘Take my hand’ by Emily Hackett,” Michelle said. “I knew from then that this was going to be my entrance song. The song starts with the groom asking her father for his blessing – this meant so much to me as Adam had asked my dad before we got engaged. “I just loved its meaning, and it was so different as I’d never heard it played before.”
She added, “During the ceremony, Addison, our daughter, read aloud a poem called ‘A Family Like Mine’ and she made Adam and I so proud. “At the end we lit the unity candle as a family, and then lit a candle in memory of loved ones. “Afterwards, all four of us walked down the aisle together – it was just perfect.”
Michelle concluded, “The whole ceremony was emotional as it was so personal, and our day was amazing from start to finish. “Everyone who I had depended on, from suppliers to guests, were brilliant and outdid themselves. “The day was exactly what we wanted and more.”