Real Weddings

Winter wedding for Louise and Martin

Marrying the man of her dreams simply gave Louise Mitchell the happiest day of her life. The Omagh woman and Martin McLaughlin were wed by Monsignor Donnelly at the Sacred Heart Church, Omagh on December 29, 2015.

First meeting on a chilly December night at St Joseph’s Bingo Hall, it was the Newtownstewart man’s good looks that initially caught Louise’s eyes – but it was his generous personality which captured her heart. “Our relationship just blossomed very quickly from the moment we met,” she reflected.

“We met while playing bingo, and we definitely checked each other out! “He is so kind, and has a big heart. He would do anything for anyone, and that’s what I still love most about him.” Together for a whirlwind 10 months, it was at Louise’s brother’s wedding party at the Silverbirch Hotel that the 31-year-old man surprised his love with a proposal.

The newlyweds’ threetier wedding cake was beautifully baked by Martin’s sister-in-law, Alesha McLaughlin.

The newlyweds’ three tier wedding cake was beautifully baked by Martin’s sister-in-law, Alesha McLaughlin.

Getting down on one knee on September 8, 2013, he presented Louise with a hand-picked gold diamond cluster ring, decorated with silver diamonds on each side of the band. “He was very traditional and asked my dad for permission if he could marry me – and of course he got the green light,” Louise explained. “I was so delighted that I cried tears of happiness. I was on cloud nine.”

Eager to begin their wedding planning, Louise had her heart set on booking the picturesque Silverbirch Hotel for her winter wedding reception since it held so many fond memories for her. “It was the perfect venue for us,” she said. “It was where we got engaged, and their new marquee is just beautiful.

I was told by a number of guests afterwards that my wedding was like a fairytale.” Finding her perfect wedding ring from Goldmine Jewellers, Omagh, the blushing bride’s next stop was choosing a special gown to wear on her day. An easy task this turned out to be, as when she visited Michelle’s Bridal Shop, she found a dress that she fell in loved with.

Its elegant design featured encrusted silver diamonds – and a train that was longer than Louise first realised! “But I didn’t care, I just loved it,” Louise laughed. “I actually didn’t have to do much wedding dress shopping as I found my perfect dress in the first shop I went to. “Unfortunately the shop has closed since, but Michelle was still very hands on with everything leading up to my wedding which I was very grateful for.

“My bridesmaids wore teal dresses – as teal is my favourite colour – with silver shoes, while the men wore charcoal grey suits which I loved,” she added. “The colour schemes went very well with my white roses – my wedding flower of choice as this was the first flower Martin ever bought me.

“We kept everything pretty traditional, as everything leading up to the engagement was very traditional.” When the 25-year-old’s big day finally arrived she described feeling “so happy” and she simply couldn’t stop smiling. “The service was lovely, and I couldn’t have asked for better,” Louise said. “Monsignor Donnelly was brilliant during the service and made us feel so relaxed.”

The new Mr and Mrs McLaughlin, alongside chief bridesmaid, Julie Martin, and bridesmaids Donna McLaughlin and Calin D’arcy. Also pictured is best man, Patrick McLaughlin, groomsman Rory McLaughlin and usher, Mark McLaughlin.

The new Mr and Mrs McLaughlin, alongside chief bridesmaid, Julie Martin, and bridesmaids Donna McLaughlin and Calin D’arcy. Also pictured is best man, Patrick McLaughlin, groomsman Rory McLaughlin and usher, Mark McLaughlin.

After being whisked away to their reception in a vintage car, the newlyweds soon tucked into their three tiered wedding cake, beautifully baked by Martin’s sister-in-law, Alesha McLaughlin. “It was so good that you didn’t want to touch it!” Louise joked.

With DJ Chris setting a lively atmosphere, the newlyweds alongside their 120 guests danced the night away – and enjoyed every moment of it. “Our wedding was lovely and everything ran so smoothly, so I couldn’t have been happier,” Louise concluded.

“I was also delighted that our friends and family were there to share our amazing day with us.” Louise and Martin would like to thank their friends and family for being a part of their wedding day.

They have also expressed their thanks for all the lovely gifts and cards they received.

The bridal party are all smiles as the new Mr and Mrs McLaughlin celebrate.

The bridal party are all smiles as the new Mr and Mrs McLaughlin celebrate.

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