Real Weddings

Ellie Irvine and Brian Annon

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What began as a university romance resulted in the recent summertime wedding of Ellie Irvine and Brian Annon.

Ellie from Kilskeery and Brian from Aghadrumsee, met six and a half years ago at university in Belfast. Ellie was studying at art college in the University of Ulster while Brian was attending Queen’s University however they both ended up living in the same house on Tates Avenue – and the rest as they say is history!

Despite the fact they had been going out for a number of years, Brian’s proposal two years ago during a break in Killybegs still came as a bit of surprise to Ellie.

And Ellie’s “over the moon” reaction was not the only excitement of the day. Later in the evening as Brian and Ellie were relaxing and enjoying a meal they began chatting to two fishermen – visually described by Ellie as “pirates” as one of them happened to be wearing a bandana and a hoop earring!

The group were having an enjoyable conversation until Brian went back to the room and couldn’t find the ring. Ellie explained, “So convinced was she that the two fishermen we were talking to were real pirates he thought that they had been up in our room and had stolen my ring! So it all escalated into a big catastrophe where the manager of the hotel and the two fishermen had to come to our room and help to search for it only to find that the ring was in my suitcase and not Brian’s! It was pretty embarrassing!! “But a memorable engagement story” she laughed.

For artistic Ellie – this was very much a hands-on wedding – she chose a floral vintage theme for the day and everything was handmade. And that means everything – from the bouquets to the men’s button holes, invitations, to the order of service and the bridal jewellery – they were all totally unique and hand-made by the bride.

Turning to her beautiful gown Ellie continued her vintage theme, as she explains, “I got my dress from a vintage bridal store in Belfast. “It was very plain with no detail so I made a lovely belt from pearls, diamante and swarovski crystal.

“And with the help of Aisling Donaghy from Aisling’s textile studio she added on a lovely scallop lace halter detail.” The wedding took place in the Church of Ireland, Kilskeery, with the reception afterwards in Corick House Hotel.

The wedding party included the bride’s sister Sharon Irvine as chief bridesmaid, while the best man was Derek Andrews. The groomsman was Stephen Wiggins and ushers on the day were the bride’s brothers Trevor and Christopher Irvine and Gordon Wiggins. The party was completed with flowergirl Hannah Gordon and pageboys Henry Gordon and Lee Wiggins.

The mother and father of the bride are Sandra and Adrian Irvine and Olga and Leslie Annon are the parents of the groom.

The bridesmaids were dressed in antique blue, in gowns from Chantilly Lace in Enniskillen, while the men’s suits were from Tom Read menswear in Irvinestown.

The bridal party makeup was by family friend Jill Wallace, while the hair was styled by Heather Gordon, an aunt of the bride. The wedding photographs were taken by Blackbox Photography.

And despite some inclement weather Brian and Ellie had the day of their dreams, “ It was a brilliant day from start to finish,” Ellie explained.

“The only let down was the pouring rain in the morning, but it stopped in the afternoon for some beautiful photos”.

The couple’s honeymoon was spent on a relaxing 10 day Caribbean cruise, where Eleanor and Brian were happy to note – there was not a pirate in sight.