Sun shines bright as Diana and Mark say ‘I do’ at spectacular autumn wedding
A beautiful autumnal wedding lit up by the beaming sun and the sparkles of her dress gave Diana Elliott (née Patrick) the best day of her life.
The Drumlegagh woman wed Mark Elliott in a traditional ceremony at Drumlegagh Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev Jonathan Cowan on October 6, 2018.
The pair’s wedding reception took place at the newly-refurbished Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh chosen by the couple due to its glamorous function room and local location. Diana was also keen to point out that the venue’s helpful staff provided the pair with a a stress-free experience, and described wedding organiser, Rachel as a ‘total credit to the hotel’.
The blushing bride, who is an accountant, first met Mark, a farmer, at the Mellon County Inn on December 28, 2012. She explained that Nathan Carter was playing that night, and the Sunday that followed was ‘the first of many dates’. “I loved Mark’s eyes,” Diana recalled. “We had a lot in common, and shared the same interests, and it took us two years to become an item.”
On September 16, 2016, while away for a weekend in Sligo, the Castlederg man asked Diana for her hand in marriage. “Mark proposed after dinner in our hotel room,” Diana said. “it was very private. I cried the whole night and next day when we told our parents. “My engagement ring was white gold with a diamond cluster,” Diana added. “Both Mark and I went together to pick it, however Mark saw the ring first and we both fell in love with it. “It’s a bit different.”
A month into their engagement, the newlyweds to-be enjoyed a ‘very exciting time’ booking their hotel and band for their autumn themed day. “I always wanted an autumnal wedding as I just loved the colours,” Diana explained. “My bridesmaids wore a bold colour which matched my flowers. We also kept everything very traditional.”
Diana said that she found wedding dress shopping ‘very easy’ as she only visited two shops before finding her perfect gown. The number in question, from McElhinneys, Ballybofey, featured a lace top with sparkles which cascaded down the sides and a glittering belt to compliment the feminine design. “I fell in love with it,” Diana described. “It suited my body shape so well, and my mum, Jeannetta and sister, Claire were in tears. “The belt was very sparkly, so it catches your eye. It was just perfect, and my veil finished it off with extra sparkle. “McElhinneys knew what suited me and helped me find the perfect one.”
On the day of her wedding, Diana recounted that the skies were blue and the sun shone from the heavens. The weather was so good, in fact, that Diana could scarcely believe it was an autumn day. However she laughed when she described feeling a ‘mess’ in the lead-up to the ceremony. “But credit to my dad, Thomas who kept me calm,” she said. Diana – despite her nerves – was whisked off to the church in a white vintage car, while her bridesmaids and groomsmen travelled there via a black limousine.
During the service Diana began to relax and said she was completely excited to be marrying the man of her dreams. “I think the most emotional moment was when Mark and I first saw each other,” Diana said. “I also felt emotional when my nephew did his Bible reading.
“It was the best day of our lives,” the 31-year-old concluded. “Everything went perfectly, and the weather was outstanding. “However we couldn’t have done it without the support of our parents and family members who were an amazing help.”
• The Finer Details •
Wedding dress: Ronald Joyce from McElhinneys, Ballybofey.
Engagement ring: H Samuel, Sligo.
Wedding ring: H Samuel, Derry.
Hair stylist/salon: Clare’s Hot Chair (Clare Keenan).
Make-up: Beauty Tonic by Natalie (Natalie Lynch).
Bridal Shoes: Charlotte Mills.
Head piece: Belle Marie Bridal Boutique.
Veil: McElhinneys, Ballybofey.
Bridesmaid dresses: Belle Marie Bridal Boutique.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Red Groomswear, Cookstown.
Cake supplier: Baked by Nichola (Nichola Gibson).
Cake design: Four tiers, decorate with butter cream and flowers, and topped with cartoon iced cows.
Florist: Pollock’s Flowers, Castlederg.
Church: Drumlegagh Presbyterian Church.
Reverend: Rev Cowan and Rev Orr.
Transport: Blacktown Limo Hire.
Reception: Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
Number of guests at reception: 240.
DJ/band: The Rockits.
First dance song: ‘This I Promise You’.
Photographer: Gemma G Photography.
Videographer: CMD Video Production (Sinead McDevitt).
Honeymoon: Ten-day cruise from Miami to Mexico in spring next year.