Wonderful wedding memories to cherish for Caroline and Jimmy
Beautiful ivory flowers and tall, white lanterns were just some of the intricate details that helped to give Caroline Tinney (née Crawford) the elegant wedding of her dreams.
As the Summer sun shone through the windows of St Patrick’s Church in Murlog, Lifford, the Donegal woman wed Jimmy Tinney from Strabane on August 14, 2017.
Their wedding reception took place at The Redcastle Hotel in Donegal – a place which won the newlyweds’ heart on their first visit due to its beautiful scenery and location which overlooks the glittering Lough Foyle.
The pair met for the very first time on September 1, 2012 during a night out with friends. Incidentally Caroline was with her friends Blathnaid and Freda who later became her bridesmaids, while Jimmy was with his friend Kieran Carlin who he would later name his best man.
“The minute I met Jimmy I was instantly attracted to his personality and charm,” Caroline reflected. “We are both very fun-loving, positive people.”
Together for “three fantastic years” before Jimmy popped the question, Caroline looks back with fondness on the events leading up to his proposal. “Our proposal story is quite funny actually,” she said. “Jimmy had the whole thing planned without me knowing, which is quite unusual because I love to take charge – and nothing usually goes past me.”
She continued, “We were heading to Edinburgh for mid-term and he planned to do it there. But a few days before we went, I broke my left hand. “He went on with the plan, and it was so special although I had to wait a while to wear my ring on my left hand.”
The engagement ring – which is extra- special to Caroline as Jimmy chose it himself – was white gold and decorated with sparkling diamonds. “I was over the moon, but in shock that he planned the proposal without me knowing,” Caroline, who is a teacher, laughed. “We couldn’t wait to tell everyone.
My phone never stopped that night and we couldn’t wait to get back home and see everyone then.” Even though she joked that she had been planning her wedding for years before she’d even met Jimmy, Caroline said she took time to celebrate the engagement.
“I wanted to take it all in and enjoy that special time, so I waited a few months until I officially started planning,” she said. “But I love weddings, and knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted my wedding to be elegant and classy.
My colour scheme was ivory, greys and silver. “Lots of people told me that nobody notices the small stuff, but I wanted everything to fit into the theme. I paid a lot of attention to detail. It takes lots of time and energy, but one day it all comes together.”
Caroline only visited three bridal gown stores, trying on many dresses in the process. However, there was one particular number from McElhinneys, Ballybofey which she couldn’t get out of her head after wearing it for the first time.
“So I went back again, tried it on, and got the thumbs up from all my bridesmaids, my mum and my mother in law,” she said. For Caroline, the build-up to her wedding was ‘stress free’ – particularly as she had been off-work in the two months leading up to the day.
“The week of the wedding itself was such a special time with all our family and friends,” she smiled. And on the morning of her wedding, Caroline described feeling calm and happy, even the weather was on her side.
“My bridesmaids were amazing and made sure I didn’t have to worry about anything,” she said. “They knew if I needed anything before I even knew myself.
“The week leading up to the wedding was wet, but by the time Friday came, the sun came out and the weather was perfect. We got all our photos taken outside so I was delighted.”
Travelling to the chapel in an ivory coloured vintage car, Caroline simply couldn’t wait to see Jimmy again. “I was so excited,” she said. “I smiled the whole way down the aisle, and loved seeing everyone standing in the church knowing they were all there for us.”
She added, “The ceremony was lovely and relaxed, and the church itself was so beautiful. Rois Kelly provided the gorgeous music and all the readings were lovely too. “My friend read a reflection at the end and it was beautiful.
Jimmy and I left the chapel to a Elvis number, feeling so happy to finally be Mr and Mrs. “I’m still buzzing from the wedding day,” Caroline concluded.
“It’s such a special time, and I loved every minute of the lead up and the day itself. “Jimmy and I have the best family and friends and they made our wedding so special. The love and support shown to us when we got married was something we will never forget. It really was so magical and we have so many wonderful memories to cherish forever.”
• THE FINER DETAILS •
Wedding invitations: City Print, Derry.
Wedding dress: McElhinneys, Ballybofey.
Hair stylist/salon: Hair at Karen’s, Strabane.
Make-up: Hair at Karen’s, Strabane.
Head piece/ Veil: McElhinneys, Ballybofey.
Bridesmaid dresses: She’s Fabulous, Garvagh.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Tomorrows Bridal and Menswear Specialist, Derry.
Florist: Ann-Marie McGirr.
Church: St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford.
Transport: Peter McClean Wedding
Car Hire, Letterkenny.
Reception: The Red Castle Hotel, Moville, Donegal.
First dance song: The Coronas – ‘Heroes and Ghosts’.
Photographer: Paul Doherty.
Videographer: Gerard McGirr.
Other entertainment: ‘Dessert table’ instead of wedding cake.