Winter sun shines down on Aimee and James during Knockmoyle wedding

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Beautiful bride Aimee Crawford cried tears of joy as she walked up the aisle with her father – and then burst into laughter when her polite groom brought out a tissue!

For Aimee, marrying James Carlin during a stylish winter ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Knockmoyle on December 28, 2018 was ‘the best day of her life’.

Officiating the service on the bright and crisp afternoon was Fr Daniel Mc- Faul, while maid of honour was Shauna McHugh (sister-of-bride) and best man was Dermot Carlin (brother-of-groom). Hannah Johnston and Laura Slevin were bridesmaids, Anthony Carlin (brother-of-groom) and Simon O’Neill were groomsmen, ushers were Mark Crawford (brother-of-groom) and Martin Carlin (brother-of-groom), flower girl was Catherine Carlin (niece-ofbride) and page boy was Connor Crawford (nephew-of-bride).

Bride Aimee Carlin (née Crawford) alongside her parents, Hugh and Louise Crawford.

The newlyweds’ wedding reception took place at the luxury Cavan Crystal Hotel, idyllically located on the outskirts of the county. The new Mr and Mrs Carlin were keen to point out that its wonderful staff were very easy to work with, nothing was ‘too much to ask’, and the hotel’s food was nothing short of excellent on the day.

Aimee, who is a Special Educational Needs teaching assistant, first met James, a shuttering joiner, while on a night out in Sally’s in Omagh in October 2009. Together for eight years, it was on November 18, 2017 that the Mountfield man asked Aimee for her hand in marriage… Sort of!

“It was so romantic; he told me to get ready as we were ‘going to get a ring’,” Aimee described. “He didn’t get down on one knee, as if he did, he would never have gotten back up! He had a football injury and was awaiting a knee operation at the time. I just thought, ‘About time’,” Aimee laughed. “I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Beautiful bride Aimee, alongside maid of honour, Shauna McHugh (sister-of-bride), and bridesmaids, Hannah Johnston and Laura Slevin

After picking out a gorgeous diamond cluster ring featuring a rose gold band, the pair began planning for their perfect day immediately as neither party wanted a long engagement. “We decided that we’d have both traditional and modern elements on our wedding day,” Aimee said. “I’ve always wanted a stylish winter wedding: Low on fuss but classic in style, with no Christmas theme!”

Describing her wedding dress shopping as ‘fun’ and ‘relaxed’, Aimee tried on a number of different gowns – but there was one in particular that she kept going back to. The dress in question, from Verona Bridal in Magherafelt, was a handmade designer ‘Berta’ dress, with capped sleeves and a feminine plunging neckline. It was also heavily embroidered with shining pearls and crystals for that extra wow-factor. “It was the second dress I tried on,” Aimee said. “I did try several others, but I always went back to that one, even though it was well over my budget. The staff at Verona Bridal were amazing.”

Newlyweds Aimee and James Carlin, with James’ parents, Tony and Kathleen Carlin.

On the morning of her big day, Aimee recalled feeling ‘wrecked’ as she hadn’t slept, but she was understandably ‘buzzing’ for the day ahead. “We also couldn’t have asked for better weather on our day,” Aimee said. “It was dry, bright and crisp which was just perfect.”

Whisked away to the chapel, the pair enjoyed a traditional religious service conducted by Fr McFaul. It was an occasion made even more personal as many of the couple’s family and friends were involved in the ceremony too.

Aimee and James Carlin cut into their four tiered wedding cake which featured, cake lace topped with an oasis of fresh flowers.

“Our service was lovely,” Aimee said. “When my daddy walked me up the aisle, I got a bit emotional, but then James handed daddy a tissue, and we all laughed! It was the best day of my life, and it really did go by too fast,” the 29-year-old concluded.

“We would like to thank all our friends and family for all the support on the lead up to our wedding, and to those who gave up their time during the busy Christmas period to celebrate our day. We would also like to thank everyone for their generosity and thoughtful gifts.”

Sharing a toast are newlyweds Aimee and James, maid of honour, Shauna McHugh (sister-of-bride), best man, Dermot Carlin (brother-of-groom), bridesmaids, Hannah Johnston and Laura Slevin and groomsmen, Anthony Carlin (brother-of-groom) and Simon O’Neill.

• The Finer Details •

Wedding dress: Berta wedding dress from Verona Bridal, Magherafelt.
Engagement ring: D&K Jewellers.
Wedding ring: D&K Jewellers.
Hair stylist/salon: Donna Gallagher (Hair Flair).
Make-up: Casabella.
Bridal Shoes: Perfect Day Bridal.
Veil: Full length veil, edged with lace
and pearls, Verona Bridal, Magherafelt.
Bridesmaid dresses: Verona Bridal, Magherafelt.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Red, Cookstown.
Cake supplier: The Cake Clan.
Cake design: Four tiers, with cake lace and an oasis of fresh flowers on the top.
Florist: Nettles and Pettles.
Stationery: Made by the bride, and bride’s mother.
Church: St Mary’s, Knockmoyle.
Priest: Father Daniel McFaul.
Church music: Niamh McGlinchey.
Transport: Glendale Limousines.
Reception: Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan.
Number of guests at reception: 240.
Decor: Completely Covered, and personal touches by the bride.
DJ/band: Atmosphere.
First dance song: ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran.
Photographer: Darren Fitzpatrick.
Videographer: Grimes Media.
Honeymoon: Miami and a Caribbean Cruise aboard cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas for 12 days.