Catherine and Lee say ‘I do’ during picture perfect wedding in Strabane
It was the little details like the beautiful rustic roses, emotional church music and being alongside their loved ones that gave Catherine O’Donnell and Lee Murray a perfect wedding day.
The pair were wed in a traditional ceremony performed by Father Michael Doherty on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Church, on the Derry Road in Strabane.
Their wedding reception took place in the luxurious Mill Park Hotel, situated just outside Donegal town. It was chosen by the newlyweds because of its very professional service, where staff made them feel welcomed.
Catherine, who is a salon owner, met Lee, a doctor, in April 2007 while they were at school together. “He was head boy, and in seventh year of Holy Cross College, and I was in sixth year,” Catherine explained. “We did a Stars In Your Eyes competition together – he was Danny Zukow and I was a Pink Lady.”
The pair, who are both from Strabane, began dating exactly half a year later. “I’ve always liked Lee’s kindness and generosity,” Catherine said. “He would do anything for me and his family.”
Catherine was in for a thoughtful treat and a ‘massive surprise’ when Lee proposed to her on November 14, 2016 in truly unique fashion. “Lee flew my best friend over from Liverpool, and she picked me up in a limo,” Catherine recalled. “She gave me six white roses, and I had six more to pick up at different meaningful places along the way.
“Each white rose was given to me by different friends and family, who also handed me a poem and a CD. “Lee was at the last destination at our home.” And that’s where he got down on one knee, with a sparkling platinum single solitaire ring which caught the light, he then asked Catherine to marry him. “I was surprised and shocked, but so, so happy,” Catherine said.
They began planning for their classic and traditional wedding in the dawn of 2017, making sure to include slightly rustic elements in their day too, to add to its charm. And on the day of Lee’s parent’s wedding anniversary, Catherine picked out her perfect wedding gown from shop number two – Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage in Greysteel, Derry.
The A-Line dress was beautifully plain in design, and made with elegant satin material. It also featured a scooped back, feminine capped sleeves and a classic back of buttons the whole way down. “We had a very happy day shopping for my dress,” Catherine said. “Because it was the wedding anniversary of Ann and Desmond, Lee’s mum and dad, we went out hoping we would find the gown on that day and we did.”
The day before her wedding, Catherine recalled that there was torrential rain in Strabane – something that she worried would spoil the occasion. But happily, on the day the sun shone down from the heavens and it was bright and dry.
Catherine was whisked away to the church with her father in a Mercedes, while her maid of honour, Emma Conway and bridesmaids Rachael Breslin, Naomi Murray, Lauren Gallagher and Natalie Devine travelled there in a classic limousine. Lee arrived at the Sacred Heart Church, alongside his best man, Marc Murray and groomsmen, Ryan Conway, Stephen Mc Gill, Rory O’Donnell and page boy, Rónán Conway in a team van.
“I remember feeling very calm and excited on my wedding day – I couldn’t wait to see Lee at the church,” Catherine said. “Our service was beautiful and very personal. “They played ‘In A Country Churchyard’ as I walked down the aisle, and it was just what I wanted. It was such a special moment.”
At their wedding reception, the newlyweds danced the night away to wedding band, The Rockits and the dance floor didn’t empty the whole night. “We enjoyed a picture perfect day with no hiccups,” the 28-year-old smiled.
• The Finer Details •
|Wedding dress:||Essence of Australia dress from Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Derry|
|Hair stylist/salon:||Hair at Karen’s Strabane.|
|Bride’s make up:||Rachael Breslin from Smooch Nails, Strabane|
|Bridesmaid’s make up:||Rosie McCay from The Wellbeing Spa, Strabane|
|Head piece/Veil:||Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Derry|
|Bridesmaid dresses:||Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel, Derry|
|Groom/groomsmen suits:||Red Groomswear, Cookstown|
|Cake supplier:||Cakes by Miriam|
|Cake design:||Four tier, with lace piping and a decorative bird cage on the top|
|Church:||Sacred Heart Church, Strabane|
|Transport:||PP Limos and Star Car Hire NI|
|Reception:||Mill Park Hotel, outside Donegal town|
|Number of guests at reception:||163|
|First dance song:||Guiding Light by Foy Vance|
|Photographer:||Davy Ralston (DTR Photography)|
|Honeymoon:||Five nights in Lanzarote, a night in Dublin for Ed Sheeran and one night in Galway|