Rain falls for luck on Lyndsay and Damien’s beautiful wedding day
There were tears of joy sprinkled with rain for luck on the beautifully traditional May wedding day of Lyndsay and Damien Crawford. Surrounded by their loved ones the happy Strabane couple, were wed by Fr Declan Boland at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, on May 18, 2019.
Maid of honour was Kelly Devine, best man was Gerard Crawford, bridesmaids were Claire Cunningham and Elaine Crawford and groomsmen were Aaron Coyle and Kyle Holmes. Meanwhile Tori Coyle played the role of flower girl perfectly, and Daire Coyle and Mikey Coyle were fantastic page boys.
The newlyweds’ wedding reception took place in the exquisite Clanree Hotel, located just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Letterkenny. Lyndsay, 29, who is a playworker and daughter of Debbie and Mickey Coyle, first met Damien, 30, son of Carmel and Brian Crawford, while on a night out in Katy Dalys, Strabane in 2008.
Together for three years, it was on April 1, 2012, that Damien, who is an electrician, got down on one knee in truly romantic fashion – and it certainly wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke! “He had given the ring box to our daughter, who was five-months-old at the time,” Lyndsay recalled. “I went down to see what she had, and then Damien got down on one knee. He could hardly get the words out as he was so nervous, and I was shocked as it was April Fools’ Day,” she added.
Although the pair didn’t begin their wedding planning straight away, Lyndsay had a very good idea of what she’0d like for her big day. “We wanted to have another baby together before we got married,” Lyndsay said. “But I knew from the start that I wanted a May wedding, and one that was traditional. “I also knew that I wanted lemon coloured bridesmaids.” Lyndsay continued, “We decided to choose the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny to be our wedding reception because everything about it was amazing, and I couldn’t fault it.”
For Lyndsay, wedding dress shopping couldn’t have been any simpler as she fell in love with the very first gown she saw – a gorgeous ivory and lacey number from Lavender Lily in Castlederg. “Buying my dress was quick and easy,” Lyndsay said. “The first dress that I saw and tried on was the one that I took.”
When the Strabane woman’s big day finally arrived, she described feeling a mixture of emotions. “I was nervous and excited,” she said. “We all had a little cry that day.” Perfectly sheltered from the rain that was falling, the new Mrs Crawford- to-be was whisked away to the chapel in transport provided by Gerard McGirr wedding cars. “Our service was lovely,” Lyndsay described. “Fr Boland made us feel so relaxed. “I felt very emotional when my dad, Mickey handed me over to Damien, as I’m his only daughter.”
Even though it rained the whole day, the newlyweds didn’t mind as their photographer, Gav Kelly from Northern Sky Photography took ‘brilliant pictures’. A delicious two-tiered wedding cake, and fantastic music by Mother’s Little Helpers go the party started, and the new Mrs Crawford didn’t leave the dance floor until about 2.30am. “Our wedding day was amazing,” Lyndsay concluded. “We had the very best day.”
• The Finer Details •
Wedding dress: Lavender Lily, Castlederg.
Wedding ring: Valerie Manning, Strabane.
Hair stylist/salon: Toni and Orlaith Kelly.
Make-up: Toni and Orlaith Kelly.
Bridesmaid dresses: Stacees
Dresses, purchased online.
Dress alterations: Stitch It Bernie.
Groom’s/ groomsmen’s suits: McElhinneys, Ballybofey.
Cake: Two-tier cake by Tommy Bakes.
Florist: Foam creations by ‘Let’s Face It’.
Church: Church of the Immaculate
Priest: Father Declan Boland.
Church music: Isola-Vocalists.
Transport: GMG Wedding Services.
Reception: Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.
Number of guests at reception: 150 guests.
Decor: Mother-of-bride, Carmel, and mother’s friend, Sheila Doherty.
DJ/band: Mother’s Little Helpers.
First dance song: ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran.
Photographer: Gavin Kelly from Northern Sky Photography.
Videographer: O’Neill Video Productions.