Everlasting memories as Aine and Conor celebrate wedding in Portnoo
Seeing Conor Igoe smiling at her from the the top of the aisle was a special, emotional moment that Aine Deery will remember for the rest of her life.
Under the watchful gaze of their beloved children, Joe and Isabella, family members and friends, the pair were wed at St Mary’s Church, Dregish during an intimate ceremony performed by Fr Michael Doherty.
Their wedding reception took place in a tipi, decorated with freshly-cut ivy, at Carnaween House, Portnoo. It was a particularly poignant location for Aine, as Portnoo is somewhere that she has often travelled to on her holidays over the summer.
The newlyweds chose the boutique guest house and restaurant, which looks out over the stunning Narin Beach, because of its amazing food, helpful team of staff and cherished memories made there over the years. As if it were meant to be, Aine, who is a qualified classroom assistant, first met Conor in 2002 when she was just 16-years-old while on her holidays.
The Castlederg woman was visiting her father and relatives who lived in Cootehill, County Cavan – Conor’s hometown – and the pair became very good friends. As their friendship stood the test of time despite distance or time apart, they finally got together in 2008.
“A few years later, we moved in together,” Aine explained. “We lived in Galway for over two years, and then decided it was the right time to move back to my home county of Tyrone. “And in November 2013, we had our first child, Joe.”
In March 2016, Conor, an electrician, proposed to the HND Fine Art graduate in truly romantic fashion. What’s more, the timing was also perfect as Aine had just turned 30 and was due to give birth to their second child in mere weeks.
“Conor came back from work and disappeared for over an hour,” Aine described. “When he eventually came back, he led me downstairs, and he had written ‘will you marry me?’ in candles.” The beautiful burning display gave Aine an amazing surprise. “I was absolutely over the moon,” Aine said. “I was so happy, and in love with my beautiful engagement ring.”
In April 2016, little Isabella was born and Aine and Conor’s family was complete. Describing life as being ‘perfect’, the pair decided to wait before planning for their wedding as they wanted to settle down to life as a four. “I was extremely laid back with all of this and ended up doing everything in the last few months,” Aine decreed.
“After a discussion, we decided we wanted a small wedding, with just a few family and friends to help us celebrate the day. “We decided to get married in St Mary’s Church, Dregish. Fr Michael Doherty was my school priest, and a good friend of the family, so he agreed to marry us.”
Their wedding reception at Carnaween House, Portnoo featured a tipi as they wanted something memorable, homely and quirky. “We spent the day before the wedding cutting bits of ivy from our garden and then hung it all around the tipi,” Aine said. “But there was very little we needed to do as it was perfect the way it was. “The food by Carnaween House was beautiful, the atmosphere was amazing, and we enjoyed the most idyllic scenery.”
Aine spotted the wedding dress of her dreams in a magazine, and booked an appointment to see it during a trunk show in Ivory and Pearl. The raw silk, short-sleeved number by Alexander Grecco was only going to be there for one day, so Aine, her mother, Annie, her godmother and two children, Joe and Isabella, drove all the way to Comber to try it on. “I fell in love with its simplicity straight away and knew it was perfect,” Aine recalled. “It was also extremely comfortable.”
The night before Aine’s wedding, she relaxed in the house with her mum, her sister-in-law, and bridesmaid Ciara Deery, and nephew James, who was only three-weeks old. On the morning of her big day, Aine’s brother, Steafan travelled up to visit with his two boys, Matthew and Tom. Steafan made Aine a lovely fry, and then Rosie and Jacqueline from Well Being Spa came to do her hair and make-up as photographer, Sharon Stronge snapped away.
When Aine arrived at the chapel doors, courtesy of a gorgeous Volkswagen convertible, her nerves started to kick in. “Ciara and the kids walked in first, and then myself and my dad, Gerard were next,” Aine recalled. “It was very emotional, seeing everyone looking back at you. “Conor looked so happy and nervous, and we were just both very glad to be at this point in our life, our day had finally come. “It was a moment that I will never forget.”
Fr Doherty made the pair feel at ease by crafting a personal service, and once Aine and Gerard said their vows they felt much more relaxed. “Everyone always says that your wedding day ‘is the best day of your lives’ and for us, it definitely was,” Aine said. “We loved every single minute of it. Conor looked so handsome, and so happy!
“Seeing our kids there, too, celebrating the day with us was really special. “They were so excited for months before that Mummy and Daddy were getting married. “It was also so great to see all of our family and friends, to have them all with us was amazing.
“We stayed in Portnoo for the week, and had a fantastic time with our friends and family.” The 32-year-old added, “ I couldn’t have done this without my mum, Annie. “She helped to organise it all, and has been not just my mum, but my best friend as well. She has spent her whole life doing things for others and has asked for nothing in return; I don’t know where I would be without her. “Conor and I will remember the kindness and generosity of everyone forever and we are extremely thankful and blessed.”
• THE FINER DETAILS •
Wedding dress: Alexander Grecco bought from Ivory & Pearl Bridal Boutique in Comber.
Wedding ring: Mercers Jewellers, Enniskillen.
Hair stylist/Make-up: Well Being Spa Sion Mills.
Floral Head piece: Bloom Room, Castlederg (Alana Miller).
Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Magee’s Donegal Town.
Cake supplier: Arlene Dennis (Carnaween House, Portnoo).
Cake design: Three-tiered madeira cake with jam and cream, covered with dried flowers.
Florist: Alana Miller at the Bloom Room, Castlederg.
Church: St Mary’s Church, Dregish.
Priest: Fr Michael Doherty (family friend of bride).
Transport provide: Legends Wedding Car Hire NI.
Transport: Volkswagen Convertible and camper van.
Reception: Tipi at Carnaween House, Portnoo, County Donegal.
Number of guests at reception: 120.
Band: Fifth Avenue.
DJ: Ronan Mac.
First dance song: ‘Strange & Beautiful’ by Aqualung.
Photographer: Sharon H Stronge, Castlederg.
Videographer: Johan at Gerry Duffy Videography.
Other entertainment: Rois Kelly (Mass music); Aodhan Doherty (music at reception).
Honeymoon: A week in Portnoo