A wedding filled with love, laughter and music for Emma and Paddymo
A wedding ceremony filled with beautiful music and laughter is something that Emma Jordan and Maurice ‘Paddymo’ Maginess will remember for the rest of their lives. The pair were wed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tullysaran, Dungannon, during a magical ceremony performed by Fr Rory Coyle – and they simply couldn’t believe how fast the service flew by.
The new Mr and Mrs Maginess’ wedding reception took place in the picturesque Tullylagan Country House Hotel in Cookstown, a 19th century estate beautifully set within 30 acres of its own landscaped, private grounds. Emma, who is a quantity surveyor from near Blackwatertown, first met Maurice (nicknamed ‘Paddymo’), a production operative from Armagh, while at work in July 2006.
“He was my line manager, and there was immediately something between us,” Emma recalled. “I loved how laid back he was, though too much at times! I also like how he is very loving and generous. Nothing is too much effort for him.”
Together for five years, it was in February 2011 that the Armagh man asked Emma for her hand in marriage while returning from a walk with their little boy, Fionn. “I thought the proposal was never going to happen,” Emma laughed. “But we were heading back home from our walk, and he asked me in our front garden. “It just felt like the world had stopped, and that you could hear a pin drop.
“I think I was in shock, because I walked on into the house as if nothing had happened! I’d waited so long for that moment, and then all of a sudden, there it was.” Emma added, “Paddymo followed me in, and said, ‘Well is that a no then?’ and the two of us couldn’t stop laughing!”
The Tyrone woman had always hoped to pick out her own engagement band, and she found the perfect vintage one when she went ring shopping with her husband-to-be by her side. The pair were also adamant they wanted to have a long engagement so that it would give them time to plan for their wedding – a day which would transpire to be a perfect blend of modern to suit Emma’s tastes, and traditional which was what Maurice wanted.
And while it took Emma no time at all to find the right gown for her, unfortunately the dress shopping got off to a bad start. “The first place that I went to gave me the opposite experience to what I thought it was going to be like,” Emma said. However in shop number two, in Creative Ideas, Armagh, things started to fall into place. “The shop assistant held up a particular dress, and straight away I said ‘no’ because I thought I had a good idea of what I didn’t want,” Emma recalled. “However my sister, Jane and my mum, Patricia told me to try it on anyway.”
While the tea-length dress was pleasantly plain, it featured dainty three-quarter length sleeves which gave it a lot of character. “Once I put it on, I came out of the changing rooms and I said that it was the one. “Mum and Jane started crying, and they reassured me that it was definitely the right one for me. It was a very quick process. “The girl in the shop was extremely patient, and helpful, so I have recommended the shop numerous times after my positive experience.” Later, Emma got the dress tailored slightly and she added a little bit of bling to its design to make it more her.
As her summer wedding day was fast approaching, the Tyrone woman remembered feeling ‘very laid back’. “I was extremely surprised at myself, and my family couldn’t get over it,” Emma said. “They said that you wouldn’t have known that I was even getting married. “But I was calm and relaxed because I knew it was 100 per-cent the right thing that I was doing.”
Despite being a May wedding, the weather on Emma’s big day was dry but very cold – and her nerves did eventually kick in! “Once we arrived at the chapel, I suddenly felt very anxious,” Emma described. “But it was the thoughts of walking in and everyone looking at me. “But once I saw Paddymo standing at the altar, my nervousness changed to excitement.
The day had finally come. “My good friend, Sinead piped me in on the Uillean pipes and the service was just lovely.” The 31-year-old concluded, “Our wedding day seemed to go by so quickly. I remember myself and Paddymo laughed a lot. We enjoyed a very laid-back day, and everything went great.”
• THE FINER DETAILS •
Wedding dress: Creative Ideas, Armagh.
Hair stylist/salon: Petra’s House of Colour, Armagh.
Make-up: Nadine McLaughlin, Armagh.
Bridal Shoes: Vivienne Westwood.
Head piece/ Veil: Bespoke by Rosaleen Crossmaglen.
Bridesmaid dresses: Hand-made from Italy.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Tuxes and Tails, Dungannon.
Cake supplier: Cakes by Julie, Armagh.
Florist: Armagh Blooms & Gifts
Church: Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tullysaran, Dungannon.
Transport: I Do Wedding Cars, Omagh.
Reception: Tullylagan County House Hotel, Cookstown.
Number of guests at reception: 128.
Cake: Three-tiered, bare wedding cake; cupcakes for the children.
First dance song: Ed Sheeran.
Photographer: Brian Sherry.
Other entertainment: Patricia Daly – harp; Sinead Lennon – Uillean Pipes; Laura Jordan – tin whistle; Michelle Jordan – singing.
Honeymoon: Royal Caribbean cruise around Mediterranean.