It’s a bright day for a burgundy wedding for Martina and Justin

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Beautiful roses, dresses and ribbons of deep burgundy matched the warmth of the radiant sun that shone down upon the newly-wed Martina and Justin Graham. Indeed the pair couldn’t believe their good fortunes with the bright weather as it had rained throughout the week leading up to their wedding day, which took place at St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford on April 6 with Father Edward Kilpatrick officiating.

Maid of honour was Lisa McElroy (sister-of-bride), best man was Mitchell Graham (brother-of-groom), bridesmaid was Teresa McBrearty (bride’s sister-in-law), groomsman was Richard Graham (brother-ofgroom) and flower girl was Lexi McBrearty (bride’s niece). And in the all-important role of page boy on the spring day was the newlyweds’ beloved son, Kian who did a fantastic job.

The pair’s wedding reception took place at Kee’s Hotel located between Stranorlar and Ballybofey, near the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains. It was a place the blushing bride said she ‘always liked’, and on the day, the hotel’s good food impressed the newlyweds and guests alike – as Martina put it – ‘there were no complaints!’.

Martina Graham (née McBrearty), alongside maid of honour, Lisa McElroy, bridesmaid,
Teresa McBrearty, and flower girl, Lexi McBrearty

Martina (née McBrearty), who stays at home to look after Kian, first met Justin, who is a builder from Strabane, on Christmas Eve 2008 at The Farmer’s Home in Strabane. “We’ve always got on great,” Martina said. “We have good laughs together.” After being an item for seven years, Justin asked the Lifford woman for her hand in marriage. “But I picked out my own ring,” Martina said. “It is a white gold solitaire diamond.”

The couple began planning for their wedding day around six months after their engagement as Martina was expecting Kian at the time of the proposal. Happily though, it took them no time at all to choose their perfect wedding venue. “Kee’s Hotel is where we had our reception,” she explained. “It’s a hotel I’ve always liked, and the food is amazing. We didn’t even look at any other hotel.” She added, “I also always knew that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear burgundy, and everything else fell into place and matched the colour.”

The fellas looking well as they celebrate the spring wedding

While picking her hotel proved an easy venture for Martina, wedding dress shopping was anything but in the beginning. “Shopping for my dress for the first time left me feeling very confused,” Martina admitted. “I think I tried on every dress in shop number one.” However, when Martina attended a Ronald Joyce trunk show in Amore Bridal Wear in Derry she fell in love with the fourth dress that she tried on.

The fitted and flared-style gown in question featured lace which cascaded down its ivory fabric, and there was a little bit of sparkle for added glamour. “My dress was very comfortable, and I just couldn’t imagine myself wearing something else,” she said. “I loved everything about it.”

On the morning of the pair’s big day, Martina, who is 34, and Justin, who is 35, were both feeling ‘so excited’. “We couldn’t wait for the day ahead, and we both had no nerves,” she recalled. “The weather on the week leading up to the wedding was horrible and wet, but luckily it cleared up and the sun shone the entire day of the wedding.”

The newlyweds, Martina and Justin taking a scenic stroll on their April wedding day.

Once at the chapel, the couple were treated to a beautiful wedding service performed by Father Kilpatrick, and later at Kee’s Hotel, wedding band The Yetis got everyone in the mood to dance the night away.

“The service was lovely and very laid back, and the music was beautiful during the Mass also,” Martina said. “At our reception, our band, The Yetis had the floor filled the entire night – everyone had a ball. “We loved every minute of our day with amazing family and friends,” Martina concluded. “We couldn’t have wished for better.”

The newlyweds, Martina and Justin Graham, alongside maid of honour, Lisa McElroy, best man Mitchell Graham, bridesmaid, Teresa McBrearty and groomsman, Richard Graham.

• The Finer Details •

Wedding date: April 6, 2019.
Church: St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford.
Priest: Father Edward Kilpatrick.
Reception: Kees Hotel, Stranorlar.
Photographer: Northern Sky Photography.
Cars: Mercedes Wedding Car Ireland.
Wedding dress & Veil: Ronald
Joyce dress from Amore Bridal Wear, Derry.
Engagement ring: H Samuel.
Wedding rings: Valerie Manning’s, Strabane.
Hair: Denise McManus.
Makeup: Makeup Deborah Hannigan, Lifford.
Bridesmaid dresses:
Suits: Tomorrow’s Bridal and Menswear.
Cake: McColgan’s Foodhall, Strabane.
Cake design: Three-tiered wedding cake decorated with burgundy ribbon and roses, and a bride and groom cake topper.
Florist: Darling Buds.
Chapel Decor: Carina at Team Bride.
Chapel Music: Bridgeen Tully McManus and Noel McGinley.
Band: The Yetis.
First dance: ‘Come and Get Your Love’ by Redbone.
Honeymoon: One week in Ibiza in the spring.