Wedding Day Memories: Aisling & Martin, Red Castle Hotel

Last October I had the absolute delight of capturing Aisling and Martin’s truly memorable day. The couple admit their meeting was a classic case of love at first sight and this definitely shone though on their wedding day. With so many memorable little touches, I wanted to bring you a close look at their day and so Aisling kindly gives us a behind the scenes view.

Aisling, it was love at first sight! How did you and Martin meet?

Martin and I met through friends who were dating. We instantly hit it off and we knew from the very beginning that we would be together for life.

Tell us about that proposal! Was it everything you ever dreamed of? 

Martin proposed in February 2013 and swept me off my feet! He had every detail planned very well and even managed to keep it a surprise. At least 30 times a year we drive past Mount Errigal on our journey from Derry to Carrickfinn and back and every time I say that I want to climb it that year. Martin never forgot this and so told me one Tuesday that we would climb it together on Saturday. I was so excited but didn’t really think anything of it. Saturday arrived and we began our climb, but not before I fell into a bog and at this point I think Martin was ready for giving up on me. We persevered and made it to the top when Martin got down on one knee and popped the question. He presented me with the most beautiful ring. It has a solitaire diamond in the middle enclosed in a diamond studded band. I absolutely love it. I remember that day so well!

I loved the nautical theme of your wedding. How did that come about?

Martin and I love Donegal and spend most of our summer weekends by the water there so the nautical theme seemed entirely perfect! I absolutely loved putting all the little details together – it was so much fun! I choose the most gorgeous shade of blue for my bridesmaid dresses which really popped in photos and helped tie the theme together nicely. My family and friends helped us pull it all together.

It’s time to talk about that dress! One word…WOW!

I wore a Pronovias, figure-hugging fishtail gown from McElhinney’s Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey. I loved the gathering of tulle at the bottom and the floral applique on the strapless, sweetheart neckline. It felt truly romantic!

Did everything go exactly to plan? 

The morning was running so smoothly and was very calm and then drama struck. Fully dressed and in heels, myself and my bridesmaids were coordinating what was to go into which car, when my five year old son fell twice! Thankfully, both he and his suit were undamaged and luckily that was the only drama on the day.

Tell us about the most memorable part of the day

I absolutely loved walking down the aisle to meet Martin. The rest of the day went by in a flash but it was just amazing. I couldn’t have faulted it at all!

Meet the team behind Aisling & Martin’s big day:

  • Photography: Catherine MacKenzie Photography; Click HERE to get in touch
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