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From ‘hello’ to ‘I do’… Louise and Richard make life-long memories

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The beautiful Corick House will always be a place of many fond memories and special celebrations for Louise and Richard Hamilton. Not only was it the place where the pair first enjoyed their blind date more than four years ago, but it was also the venue where they got engaged, and the hotel of choice for their May wedding day celebrations.

Surrounded by loved ones and rustic flowers, Louise (née Beacom) and Richard Hamilton were wed by the Reverend Norman Smyth at Sixmilecross Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 17, 2019. Chief bridesmaid was Karen Beacom (sister-of-bride), best man was Matthew Gallagher (cousin-of-groom), and bridesmaids were Nicole Hughes (cousin-of-bride), Karen Hamilton (sister-of-groom) and Jill Coote (sister-of-groom). Groomsmen were Aaron Martin (cousin-of-groom), Philip Beacom (brother-of-bride), and Daryl Coote (groom’s brother-in-law), and usher was Jack Beacom (brother-of-bride).

The newlyweds, Louise and Richard share a kiss on their wedding day.

Louise, daughter of David and Judith Beacom, met Richard, son of Ken and Gillian Hamilton and connected straight away when they enjoyed their first date together at Corick House Hotel and Spa on Sunday, April 12, 2015. “We first met through mutual friends and were set up on a blind date,” the Beragh woman recalled. “We seemed to hit it off immediately, and the conversation flowed very easily. “We shared similar views and opinions on various things, which give us plenty to talk about, and one month later we began officially dating.”

Then on Thursday, April 12, 2018 – exactly three years to the day of their first encounter – Richard, a shop assistant at Coote’s Builders Merchants from Fintona, got down on one knee and proposed to Louise at, where else, but the beloved Corick House. “It was a complete surprise,” described Louise. “We were both meeting for a meal straight after work, and he got down on one knee and proposed in the car park at Corick House Hotel and Spa – the place where we had met three years previously. “I was completely shocked, but so excited and pleased.”

Smiles of joy on Louise and Richard’s May wedding day.

A few days later, the happy couple went engagement ring shopping to Murray and Co in Belfast, and picked out a beautiful platinum, cushion shaped diamond band together for the blushing bride-to-be to wear.

Also eager to begin planning for their special wedding straight away, the pair booked their beloved Corick House Hotel and Spa as their wedding venue within the first month of their engagement. “We chose Corick House because it meant a lot to us,” Louise reflected. “We had our first date and got engaged there also. “We had looked at various other venues, but Corick stood out to both of us.

From the very beginning of our wedding planning, we decided to DIY as much as possible, with family and friends getting heavily involved,” Louise added. “We opted for a wood and rustic theme throughout, while sticking with a traditional church wedding.”

Happily, Louise thoroughly enjoyed the process of shopping for her wedding gown, and she found ‘the one’ in the second shop she visited, Divinity Bridal, Lisburn in May 2018. The beautiful gown was ivory in colour, and featured flowing lace, decorated with a sparkling underlay to give an extra splash of femininity.

On the morning of Louise’s wedding, the weather was dry and warm, and there was a sense of anticipation for the day ahead in the air. “We enjoyed a very calm and relaxed atmosphere in our house, even with the early start,” Louise recalled. Sleek Chryslers were the transport of choice for the bridal party, and once at the church, the newlyweds enjoyed a lovely and traditional Presbyterian wedding service. “Both Richard and myself really enjoyed the moment,” Louise said.

“Our parents found our vows really emotional. “We both thoroughly enjoyed our whole day and anyone we talked to seemed to enjoy everything from the service, meal to the evening entertainment,” the 26-year-old concluded. “We wish to say a massive thanks to both our wonderful families and also our amazing bridal party, and also to everyone who contributed to our special day.”

Louise and RIchard Hamilton celebrate their rustic wedding day alongside their loved ones.

• The Finer Details •

Wedding dress: Divinity Bridal, Lisburn.
Engagement ring: Murray and Co, Belfast.
Wedding ring: Murray and Co, Belfast.
Hair stylist/salon: Claire’s Hair Studio, Omagh.
Make-up: Hermosa Beauty, Omagh.
Bridal Shoes: Patterson’s, Dungannon.
Veil: Divinity Bridal, Lisburn.
Bridesmaid dresses: Newry.
Dress alterations: Lily Anthony.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Red Groomswear, Cookstown.
Cake supplier: Bride’s aunt.
Cake design: Three tier square cake, decorated with lace and topped with fresh flowers.
Cake flavours: Chocolate, fruit and plain.
Florist: Nettles Petals (bouquets and buttonholes), Carrickmore; church flowers by family friend.
Stationery: Kitakards Wedding Stationery.
Church: Sixmilecross Presbyterian
Church, Sixmilecross.
Reverend/ Priest: Reverend Norman Smyth.
Church music: Ruth Gibson and Julie Kissick.
Transport: Glendale Limousines.
Reception: Corick House Hotel and Spa, Clogher.
Decor: Rustic theme throughout, all custom- made by family and friends.
DJ/band: Eternity Socials.
Photographer: Erica Irvine Photography.
Videographer: Ian Higginson.
Other entertainment: Inkwell Cartoon and Caricature; social games and dances.
Honeymoon: Carribean Cruise from Miami for 12 nights in the summer.