Best friends marry in emotion-filled ceremony at Corick House Hotel
A wedding day on Friday 13 proved to be very lucky indeed for newlyweds Denise McSwiggan and Jason Whittle.
Their intimate civil ceremony, conducted by registrar Heather Patterson, took place on May 13, 2016 in Corick House, Clogher. First meeting on dating app Tinder, it was when they set eyes on each other in person that they knew they had a special connection.
“My mum passed away in October 2013 following a short illness, and I found the months following her death to be difficult,” Denise explained. “So in February 2014, my eldest daughter Caoimhe suggested I try the Tinder app to meet someone and keep me busy.
“When I first saw Jason, I thought he wasn’t my normal type, but I decided to take a chance. “Over the weeks we went for dinner, watched movies and had drinks together. “Then after two months we talked about what we both wanted, and decided to try and make it work as a couple.
My kids got on so well with him, and he fitted in to our family perfectly. “We both knew when we first met each other that it was something special, and as we got to know each other better, we fell in love.” After being together for over a year, Jason surprised Denise with a special proposal on September 25, 2015.
This came just 12 days after Denise had given birth to their first child together, baby Jake. “It was a Friday evening, and we’d just finished the shopping,” she recalled. “Jason called me upstairs to our bedroom, and on the bed lay a maroon-coloured top.
“As I lifted it, I noticed that a small box lay underneath. “Jason immediately picked it up, and got down on his knee.” Presented with a white gold trilogy ring, with four smaller diamonds on each side – which Caoimhe helped him pick out – Denise was overwhelmed with happiness.
“I thought he was joking, until I saw the tears in his eyes,” she continued. “It was the first time I’d ever seen Jason so vulnerable. I was so shocked. I didn’t see the proposal coming.”
As Jason was eager to wed in 2016, the pair set their date for May 13 – giving them a whirlwind seven months to arrange the wedding – and booked their reception and ceremony at Corick House.
“I was a bit apprehensive of the date being Friday 13, but Jason said to think positively and not to read to much into superstition,” Denise said. “We chose Corick House as it has the most beautiful gardens. The old country-style house, combined with modern elegant touches were stunning. Everything about the venue was perfect.”
Describing wedding dress shopping as “amazing”, it was on website DIY Dresses Online that Denise found an elegant ivory lace dress that was perfect for her. It featured a mermaid-style shape, with glittering sequins across the neckline.
On her big day, Denise simply felt “so excited” to be marrying the man she truly loved and adored. “When I arrived at Corick House, my youngest daughter, Aoife saw me and cried tears of happiness.
When I saw how emotional she was, I was in tears too,” Denise said. “Our service was beautiful from start to finish. One of my close friends, Elaine Gallagher sang Ed Sheeran’s song, ‘Tenerife Sea’ as I entered the room, and my sister, Tami and best friend Maxine read out two beautiful poems. “And as soon as I caught a glimpse of Jason, the tears flowed down my cheeks again.
I have never been as happy and as in love. We gave our own vows to make it more personal. “There was an element of sadness, knowing my mum, dad and younger brother wouldn’t share my special day but I hoped they would all be looking down on me, and be happy to see me happy.
“My older brother, Steve gave a speech which had all the bridal party in tears. “It was the most amazing and memorable day of our lives,” Denise concluded.
“Being able to share it with our friends and family was so special. Every aspect of our wedding was perfect. “It was filled with so many emotions, and so much love.
“I married my best friend and soul mate who without Tinder I would never have met. Our journey as a family is only just beginning.”