Sunshine and smiles in Dromore as Emma and Bobby enjoy emotional wedding
The charming autumn sun shone down on Emma Hughes and Bobby Kerrigan as they enjoyed a wedding day that was simply perfect. After walking down the aisle with her treasured mum, the beautiful bride and Bobby were wed during an emotional service officiated by the Reverend John Hanson at Dromore Presbyterian Church, in County Tyrone.
Their wedding day, which took place on September 29, 2018, featured Diane Aley as maid of honour and William Kerrigan as best man, with Ruth Surgenor as bridesmaid, and Robert Scott and Graham Loughlin as groomsmen. Additionally Molly and Bella Craig, and Lily Loughlin were flower girls, while Sam and Zach Loughlin, and Oliver Aley were page boys.
The new Mr and Mrs Kerrigan’s wedding reception was hosted by the popular Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, and Emma was keen to point out that wedding co-ordinator Rachel was extremely helpful throughout and ensured that everything ran smoothly.
Emma, a sales manager from Dromore, Tyrone, first met Bobby, a farmer, at the Mellon Country Inn during a special ‘Jonny Brady Country Night’ in September 2014. Together for two years, it was on December 22, 2016 that Bobby, from Donemana, surprised Emma with a romantic proposal.
“Bobby always said he would ask me to marry him when he had built his new cow shed,” Emma recalled. “The first night after the steel went up, he got down on one knee and asked me and I was an emotional wreck! “I cried and I laughed, and it took me a while to get used to it.”
The newlyweds-to-be went together to pick the perfect engagement ring for Emma. After careful consideration, they chose a glittering white gold ring featuring elegant square diamonds in the centre of a larger square, and emerald cut shoulders. The pair waited for about six weeks before getting stuck into their planning for their traditional autumn wedding day.
“We wanted a simple wedding, with no fuss and nothing mad,” Emma described. “We booked the Silverbirch Hotel as it was a place that we loved. Everyone at the hotel was so helpful, particularly the wedding co-ordinator, Rachel.”
Emma said that she really enjoyed her experience of wedding dress shopping, but after a while she did get fed up with trying on lots of different dresses! Happily though, in McElhinney’s in Ballybofey, she found a fitted and flared gown that she could call ‘the one’. Ivory in colour, the number featured dainty capped sleeves, a deep V-necked back and pretty buttons which ran all the way down to the bottom.
When Emma’s wedding day finally arrived, she described feeling ‘extremely calm’ and the Dromore lady was also delighted with the sunny autumn weather. “Everyone was flapping round me, and I was talking everything in my stride,” Emma said. “The weather was also brilliant during the day: We had some lovely autumn sunshine, and though it rained during the night-time, we didn’t care.”
Emma was whisked away to the Dromore Presbyterian Church via a luxurious 1958 Bentley S-Type car from Glendale Limousines. And for the beautiful bride, the most emotional part of the day was getting out of the car and walking down the aisle with her mother, Anne and seeing Bobby at the front of the church. “Our service was very emotional,” Emma reflected. “But our minister was brilliant and helped a lot through the process.”
Later on in the day, guests enjoyed a cow-themed wedding cake of lemon, chocolate orange and vanilla flavours and the newlyweds danced the night away. “We stayed up to the bitter end, and we enjoyed all the dancing and craic,” the 26-year-old said. “We couldn’t believe how quickly the day went, but we loved every minute of our wedding.”
• The Finer Details •
Wedding dress: Ronald Joyce gown from McElhinney’s, Ballybofey.
Wedding ring: Valerie Manning.
Hair stylist/salon: Sinead from The Hair Lounge Dromore.
Make-up: Live Beautifully by Bronagh McGrath.
Bridal Shoes: Fred Funk.
Head piece/ Veil: McElhinney’s, Ballybofey.
Bridesmaid dresses: Creative Ideas, Cookstown.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: SD Kells, Omagh.
Cake supplier: Deborah O’Kane from Yumtastic Cakes.
Cake design: Four-tiered cow-themed cake, featuring Friesian bride and groom cake toppers.
Cake flavours: Lemon, chocolate orange and vanilla flavours.
Florist: Designs by Therese.
Stationery: Paperworks Linen Green Dungannon.
Church: Dromore Presbyterian Church.
Reverend/ Priest: Reverend John Hanson.
Church music: Rosemary Hanson.
Transport: Glendale Limousines, Omagh.
Reception: Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
Number of guests at reception: 140 guests.
Decor: ‘Forget Me Not’, Laura Donnel and Completely Covered.
DJ/band: Hudson Blue.
First dance song: ‘Better than a Dream’ by Marty Moane.
Photographer: Erica Irvine.
Videographer: John McMullan.