Real Weddings

Janice McCracken and Steve McCormick

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Fairytale wedding in a Fermanagh Castle


A chance meeting between friends culminated in the intimate summer wedding of Janice McCracken and Steve McCormick on a Fermanagh country estate.

Janice, originally from Omagh and Steve from Hillhall were married on an island in the picturesque County Fermanagh setting of Crom Castle on August 10, last year.

Steve popped the question back in December 2011 in the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and a shocked, but elated Janice immediately said yes.  He may not have got down on one knee, but after careful planning a date was set. All they needed now was a venue.

Perhaps it was fate, luck or just opportune timing, but a call from Lord Crichton at Crom Castle led to the wedding being taken to Fermanagh.

“Lord Crichton rang me because a family member of mine has worked for years at the estate. So he rang me to come down and have a look.“We had looked at a couple of places, but immediately fell in love with Crom. Plus there was the family connection and Fermanagh has always felt like home having visited when I was younger,” explained Janice.

28 close family and friends shared in their special day, which took place first at Holy Trinity Church,  Crom, before guests were ferried across to the luxurious West Wing of the plush country estate.

A small wedding was followed by an elegant reception where more guests arrived to enjoy the evening festivities. Superb catering on the day by Saddlers further added to the couple’s special day.

As Janice admits, it was not the typical party, partly due to the fact that, “We’re not in our 20s”, but Janice and Steve, who both work in the health service created their own special day with memories that will last a lifetime. Without a traditional bridal party as such, widowed Steve’s three daughters Zoe, Kate and Erin were all bridesmaids and all played their role.

As for the dress, Janice wore an antique vintage dress that she remodelled and redesigned into a two piece.
She admits on the day things mostly went off without a hitch although, with the entire bridal party staying at the estate the day before the wedding, changing into their outfits presented its own unique problems.

“Getting everyone dressed including the three children wasn’t the easiest. In fact the girls who worked on me, who were from Fermanagh, dressed me in the toilet at Crom castle.

“There wasn’t an awful lot of room getting ready, especially with everyone assisting me, but that was until we threw the groom out. He was sent out into the hall,” she laughed.

Any wardrobe malfunctions were quickly averted and even the sun made a rare appearance, as the wedding party spent the day outside in ‘glorious’ conditions. The terrific photographs were captured by Ken McBride from the Buttermarket, Enniskillen.

After a perfect day and evening at Crom, Janice, Steve and the three girls travelled on to Portugal for two weeks. After enjoying time with their family, the happy couple then travelled to the Maldives alone, while the children went back home to return to school.

With the perfect surroundings at Crom and amongst the company of family and friends Janice and Steve had a wonderful wedding day they will never forget.