Best friends wed in bride’s home town chapel
When Aisling Pearson first met Tom Mann while studying Pharmacy at John Moore’s University, Liverpool, their initial attraction transformed into true love in the months that followed.
Now cherishing a friendship that has spanned almost a decade, the dedicated pair were wed by Fr Jim Moore at St Lawrence’s Chapel, Fintona on February 6, 2016.
It was on a summer’s day in May 2014 that Tom (30) surprised the Fintona girl with a romantic proposal on her 28th birthday. Together for six years at the time, the pair had decided to spend the special day in Trim, County Meath. But little did Aisling know that Tom had also prepared something to make his love’s day even more memorable.
While surrounded by the picturesque Trim Castle, Tom got down on one knee and presented Aisling (29) with a silver diamante engagement ring. “I was ecstatic with excitement and overwhelmed when he asked me to marry him,” she said. Hoping for a small and traditional wedding, the couple were eager to start planning for their big day straight away.
However, this task was made easier as they only had eyes for one particular wedding venue – the Manor House County Hotel, Killadeas as that is where Tom is currently working. “The venue is close to home, in a beautiful setting,” she explained. “They are also excellent wedding planners, and prepare lovely food.”
Describing wedding dress shopping as “really enjoyable”, it was on a trip to Chantilly Lace in Enniskillen that the bride-to-be fell in love with an ivory strapless dress.
With her choice supported by her mother, Maureen and her sister, Sabrina, her dream dress was encrusted with swarovski crystals embellished across a sweetheart neckline. It also featured a lace body, and a flowing satin trail trimmed with lace at the bottom. “I loved every minute of dress shopping,” she said.
“I found it really enjoyable trying on all different kinds of dresses, but it only took me two weeks to pick my dress as I knew exactly what I wanted.” The blushing bride’s next port of call was tackling wedding ring shopping. Travelling all the way to Ireland’s capital city to find a band that would match her wedding ring, it was in Gear Jewellers, Dublin that Aisling found the perfect one.
When her big day finally arrived, Aisling admitted to feeling “really nervous” about walking up the aisle in front of her 120 guests. “But I was also looking forward to seeing Tom again. I couldn’t wait to marry my best friend – cheesy I know!” she laughed.
Whisked away to the church via a glamorous silver Glendale limo, Aisling described feeling emotional during her hour-long service. “Donna Taggart was our wedding singer in the chapel,” she explained. “And that made things emotional as she has an amazing voice.”
After tucking into her four-tiered vintage wedding cake, decorated with brooches and a single purple flower, it was soon time for the bride and her guests to start their night of dancing. “The Untouchables played at our reception and they were amazing,” Aisling said. “They really got the guests up and dancing. It was very lively and afterwards we enjoyed a disco.”
With a cover of Kodaline’s ‘The One’ to mark their first dance, Aisling said that she stayed up to half three “laughing and having a great time with close friends and family”.
“Our wedding was perfect and I wouldn’t change a single thing,” Aisling concluded. “Thankfully, Jude our photographer captured all of the day really well. We will always have our fond memories of our wedding day to cherish forever.”
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