Summer delight joy as best friends Emma and Robert marry in Omagh

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A surprise wedding proposal from her best friend on Christmas morning gave Emma Anthony the most perfect gift she could have asked for. Fast-forward three years, and the scenes were just as joyous when the Omagh native and Robert Watson wed in the glorious summer sun on June 30, 2018.

Their traditional wedding ceremony, officiated by Rev Jane Nelson, took place at a beautifully-decorated First Omagh Presbyterian Church. To add a personal touch to proceedings, Robert’s minister, Rev Ivan Dinsmore also attended the service and said a heartfelt prayer.

Their wedding reception was hosted by the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh – a venue which was carefully chosen by the newlyweds because of its renovated ballroom which Emma said looked simply stunning. The blushing bride was also keen to point out that Rachael, the Silverbirch’s wedding co-ordinator, was an excellent help with everything from the initial planning to ensuring that all ran smoothly and well on the big day.

Robert and Emma are all smiles as they leave the church as husband and wife.

Emma, who is a care assistant in Park View Nursing Home, Castlederg began dating Robert, a cleaning supervisor in Asda Omagh, on July 19, 2014. The pair are now both living in Newtownstewart, which is Robert’s hometown. But it was at Emma’s parent’s house on Christmas Day 2015 that Robert saved the best present until last.

Waiting until Emma had opened all of her other gifts, he got down on one knee and presented her with a glittering white gold engagement ring – and what a lovely surprise that gave her. “I was excited and so shocked when it happened as I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Emma said. “The ring was just perfect. I couldn’t believe that Robert picked it himself without any help. I loved it.”

Once the New Year 2016 dawned, the pair began planning for their big day. Their first stop was choosing a wedding reception, and while they had visited different places and checked out many brochures, there was only one venue that won their hearts. “When we went to look at the Silverbirch Hotel, it was about to start its renovations,” Emma recalled.

Emma and Robert Watson made countless memories on their summer wedding day


“The staff showed us plans of what the new ballroom was going to look like, and we knew straight away that was where we wanted our reception to be. The plans looked absolutely amazing. However we hadn’t a clue at the start about colour schemes or what flowers we wanted, but everything perfectly fell into place as time went by.

“I particularly loved the interest, involvement and excitement my husband took in planning our wedding. He was a great help.” It was in Chantilly Lace, Enniskillen that Emma spied a dress she couldn’t forget – a delicate white gown featuring a fishtail design and a diamante belt which sparkled in the light.

“As soon as I saw it, I absolutely fell in love with it,” Emma described. “My mum, Ann loved it as well. The girls that worked in Chantilly Lace were an excellent help. “A week or so later, I returned to Chantilly Lace with Robert’s mum, Ann and she also liked the gown. “That’s when I knew that it was definitely the one.”

The new Mr and Mrs Watson, alongside Ann Hamilton (mother-of-the-groom) and
Beattie Hamilton (step-father of the groom).

Emma described feeling ‘so calm’ on the morning of her big day, despite the fact she endured an early start to get her hair and make-up done. “I wasn’t nervous at all,” she smiled. “I was just excited to be marrying my best friend.”

Recalling that the weather was warm and sunny, Emma simply couldn’t wait to say ‘I do’ when she arrived at First Omagh Presbyterian Church via a stylish car from Glendale Limousines. “We enjoyed a lovely church service,” Emma said. “Our soloist was Patricia Maguire from Newtownstewart, and she sang brilliantly. Her voice echoed around the church, and it really added that little something different and special to our wedding.”

Later on in the night, wedding band ‘Atmosphere’ took to the stage at the Silverbirch Hotel and the new Mr and Mrs Watson, alongside their much-loved guests, danced the night away. “Our wedding day went to plan and everything went perfectly,” the 28-year-old concluded.

“Myself and Robert would like to thank all our family and friends for sharing our special day with us, and we would like to thank everyone for their most kind and generous gifts.”

The new Mr and Mrs Watson celebrate their marriage alongside Emma’s brothers, Nigel Anthony, Clinton Anthony and Gareth Anthony and her parents, Irwin and Ann Anthony.


Wedding dress: Chantilly Lace, Enniskillen.
Wedding ring: Warren James Jewellers, Derry.
Hair stylist/salon: Shannon Beattie, Omagh.
Make-up: Shannon Beattie, Omagh.
Bridesmaid dresses: Chantilly Lace, Enniskillen.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Tomorrow’s Bridal and Menswear, Derry.
Cake: Four tiered cake, supplied by Baked by Nichola (aunt of bride).
Florist: Bumble Bee Gardens, Dromore.
Church: First Omagh Presbyterian Church, Omagh.
Reverend/ Priest: Rev Jane Nelson.
Transport: Glendale Limousines, Omagh.
Reception: Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
DJ/band: Atmosphere.
First dance song: ‘The One’ by Kodaline.
Photographer: Lauren Coulter Photography.
Videographer: John McMullen.
Other entertainment: Church soloist, Patricia Maguire; bride and groom were piped into the reception by piper, Kyle Duddy (best man).
Honeymoon: Mexico for two weeks in July.

Newlyweds Emma and Robert Watson, alongside their best man, Kyle Duddy, bridesmaids, Charlene Hemphill, Chelsea Nesbitt and Lisa Anthony, groomsmen, Christopher Porter and David Watson and ring bearer, William Watson.