Real Weddings

Wendy and Michael blessed with wedding day memories they will cherish forever

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A proposal in the glittering seaside town of Benalmádena, Spain transformed into a beautiful Summer’s day wedding for Wendy and Michael Rae.

In a church decorated with photographs of the happy couple from years gone by, the pair were wed by Canon Clarke on July 23, 2016 at Edenderry Church of Ireland.

It was a ceremony of tradition, where the bride walked up the aisle to Canon in D Major with her father, Jim Maguire. And after becoming Mrs Rae, the newlyweds left the church to the Trumpet Voluntary played on the church’s majestic pipe organ.

After first meeting on a night out in a local pub in Omagh in November 2010, the pair’s friendship turned into something much more in the weeks that followed. “I always loved how calm and laid back my partner is,” Wendy described.

The new Mr and Mrs Rae are all smiles on their wedding day, alongside their beloved parents, Linda and Jim Maguire and Linda Rae.

The new Mr and Mrs Rae are all smiles on their wedding day, alongside their beloved parents, Linda and Jim Maguire and Linda Rae.

“He has a cup of tea ready for me when I finish work, and we always laugh about things that may seem silly to other people. I believe it is the little things in life that matter. Also he is a fantastic step-father to my son.”

t was during a holiday to Spain’s Costa del Sol in September 2013, that Michael got down on one knee and presented Wendy with a beautiful wedding ring which he had chosen himself.

The proposal was certainly unexpected, as at the time Wendy was in full flow talking to her partner about the impressive elephant sculptures of all different sizes and shapes which she spied on a roundabout.

“I love art, and I made it one of my must dos on the holiday to take a closer look at the statues of the elephants,” she reflected. “They were a herd of life-like statues all different sizes and shapes. It was as I was studying the work, telling my partner how life-like they looked, even the skin. That I turned to find Michael on one knee with an open box.”

The new Mrs Rae, alongside her maid of honour, Victoria Rae, and bridesmaids Lucy Watters and Ally Williams.

The new Mrs Rae, alongside her maid of honour, Victoria Rae, and bridesmaids Lucy Watters and Ally Williams.

Inside was a white gold engagement ring, which featured a stunning clear diamond in the centre with two sparkling oval diamonds set in the band. “I proceeded to give him my wrong hand whilst saying yes,” Wendy added. “I was in total shock, but there were happy tears. “To capture our first moment as an engaged couple, we had our picture taken in front of those elephant sculptures.”

Even though the pair waited until the dawn of 2014 to start planning for their wedding, Wendy knew from a young age that she wanted her bridesmaids to wear black. “So I built my theme around black and white, with diamonds,” she described. “I think it is a very elegant combo.

“The only flower I have ever liked is the Oriental poppy, which was too delicate to use on my day. But thanks to my florist, we sourced out artificial poppies which I feel looked fabulous. The bridesmaids had white and I had red.

“I also always wanted ice sculptures at my wedding so we had an elephant head made from ice, where the drink could be poured through. “We also had another one as the guests arrived with our name and wedding date on it.”

The newly-married Michael Rae shows off his Scottish heritage in his kilt, matched perfectly by bride’s father, Jim Maguire, best man, Richard Black and groomsmen, Gareth Rae, Scott Marshall and Bradley Clarke.

The newly-married Michael Rae shows off his Scottish heritage in his kilt, matched perfectly by bride’s father, Jim Maguire, best man, Richard Black and groomsmen, Gareth Rae, Scott Marshall and Bradley Clarke.

She added, “As my husband is from Dumfries in Scotland, one of the only things he wanted to put his stamp on was the kilts. He had the Rangers dress tartan, which matched with the black and white theme.”

When Wendy’s big day finally arrived, she simply couldn’t sleep the night before due to excitement of marrying her best friend. “I felt like the service passed in a blink, so I am glad I had the wedding videoed,” she reflected.

“As I was walking into the church with my father, we had a look and he winked at me and I knew he was proud of me and supported me. “I didn’t cry but my face was sore from smiling. I remember my husband waiting until I was beside him to look at me and his smile beamed when he first saw me in my dress, I felt amazing.

“I have never felt prouder of my son, Bradley standing in his kilt along side the rest of the groom’s party,” she added. “Bradley also did a speech at the venue, which he wrote himself. He spoke with such confidence and sincerity. I had the largest lump in my throat when he finished. I couldn’t have been prouder of him.”

Whisked away to their wedding reception in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen in a classy black Hummer alongside their parents and full bridal party, the new Mr and Mrs Rae stayed up and danced until their wedding band, The Big Kahuna had to leave.

“I would not hesitate to do the whole thing again,” the 32-year-old concluded. “You see it in the movies, you hear stories and you witness friend’s and family’s special days, but my wedding was honestly the best day of my life. “The moments captured through pictures, videos and memories I will cherish until I die.”

The newlyweds, Wendy and Michael Rae alongside their maid of honour, Victoria Rae and best man, Richard Black. Also pictured are bridesmaids, Lucy Watters and Ally Williams and groomsmen, Gareth Rae, Scott Marshall and Bradley Clarke

The newlyweds, Wendy and Michael Rae alongside their maid of honour, Victoria Rae and best man, Richard Black. Also pictured are bridesmaids, Lucy Watters and Ally Williams and groomsmen, Gareth Rae, Scott Marshall and Bradley Clarke