The date was Saturday 10th November 2018, the venue, Corick House Hotel and spa, Clogher and the event was the 2017/2018 Getting Married In Northern Ireland Reader Awards.
My fiancé Robert and myself arrived at Corick house and were greeted by a celeb worthy red carpet as we entered through the doors of the exquisite 4 star country house. The reception area displayed an essence of old world grandeur, with ornate wall decor and a stunning fire place. Such a perfect setting on a cold but crisp autumnal November evening.
We were led into the garden suite for a sparkling drinks reception. As the room began to fill the atmosphere was exhilarating and the guests were glamorously dressed to impress. Local Soloist Clara Wilson entertained the masses who sipped champagne and mingled with fellow wedding industry professionals.
Everyone had the opportunity at this stage to get a professional photo taken by Bradley Henderson Photography who complimented Robert on being approximately 80% smile…he is known for his beaming grin…I like to think it’s because of me!
The doors to the orchid suite were drawn back and we got a glimpse of the opulently decorated dining room styled by Swift wedding & event hire of Magherafelt.
We checked the table plan (fit for any wedding) to locate our seats. We quickly looked at the menu to see what culinary delights awaited us and we were not disappointed. To start we were given butternut squash soup served with a selection of yummy breads. For our main course we were treated to supreme of chicken with Parma ham, sage & cepe sauce. This dish was served with a selection of winter vegetables with toasted pinenuts, layonnaise & colcannon potatoes…divine!
Dessert, although quite full by this stage was a refreshing lemon and lime surprise, served with white chocolate ice cream adorned with blackberries and blackberry powder. and what a nice surprise it was.
I have to say the food was superb and perfect for the occasion! We were entertained by the sounds of T3Q (the three quarters) a chilled out trio who played past and present melodies. Post dinner entertainment on the night was provided by top NI magician Rodd Hogg who wowed the crowd with his illusion & trickery performances. I’m still trying to work out how he did it!
And then onto the awards ceremony which we had all been waiting for. By this point the atmosphere was electric and excitement was rife.
The getting married in Northern Ireland reader awards gala is now in its 13th year! The evening like all the others which preceded it was sure to be yet another roaring success. The reader awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate those businesses in Northern Ireland who work tirelessly all year to ensure our wedding days are the best days of our lives.
The reader awards are a highlight in many NI wedding suppliers calendars each year! To be nominated or a finalist not to mention a winner is a fantastic achievement and really goes to show the work and effort that the businesses have put in as the votes are cast by those utilising the businesses, us the brides and grooms! This year alone over 48,000 votes were cast for all 17 categories ranging from the best photographer to the best dressmaker with the best of everything in between!
If you are getting married in Northern Ireland and are currently planning your wedding (like us) then please see below the list of finalists and winners from each category to help you in your search for the best wedding business or service for you!
Best Wedding Transport
C4 Wedding Car Hire – Cookstown
David Andrews Wedding Cars – Belfast *2nd Runner up
Glendale Limosines – Omagh *Runner up
I Do Wedding Cars NI – Portadown *Winner
Mid Ulster Limosines – Cookstown
Best Wedding Cake
Baker Blessings – Lurgan
Gemma’s Cakes – Castledawson *Runner up
Lough Erne Cakes – Enniskillen *Winner
Sparkles Cakes of Art – Coleraine *2nd Runner up
The Cakery NI – Dromore
Best Bridal Makeup Artist
By Kerri – Lisburn *Winner
Catherine Flemming MUA – Moira
Louise Gardiner MUA – Markethill *Runner up
Rosemary Wright MUA – Eglinton
S.A.K Designs – Markethill *2nd Runner up
Best Bridal Hair Stylist
Chocolate Blonde – Markethill *Runner up
Couture Hair – Omagh
Dani Belle Design – Belfast *Winner
Olivia Muldoon Hair & MUA – Dungannon *2nd Runner up
Pro Hair by Catherine – Ballynahinch
Best Wedding Videographer
Barry Porter Videographer – Portadown *Winner
Coolisk Digital Video – Irvinestown *2nd Runner up
PG Videos – Omagh *Runner up
Timeless Productions – Coleraine
Wheatfield Video Production – Magherafelt
Darling Stationary – Ballymena *2nd Runner up
I Do Invitations – Limivady
Kita Kards – Irvinestown *Winner
Perfect Day Print – Ballymena *Runner up
The Wedding Room at CR Print – Dungannon
Best Handmade Jewellery
Ali Faye – Comber
Deborah K Designs – Lisburn *Runner up
Milk & Honey Boutique – Fivemiletown
Parchment & Pearls – Omagh *2nd Runner up
SD Creations – Enniskillen *Winner
Best Wedding Florist
Clare Flower – Irvinestown *Winner
Fleuriste – Belfast
Flowers by Ruth Hood – Lisbellaw *Runner up
The Posy Barn – Waringstown *2nd Runner up
Wedding Designs by David McConkey – Ballynahinch Flowers
Best Dress Maker
Alterations by LK – Glenanne
Emma Murnion – Hilltown *2nd Runner up
Kelly Black – Newtownabbey *Runner up
Wedding Dress Alterations
Sew Handy – Banbridge *Winner
Best Wedding Gift List
CFC Interiors – Cookstown & Campsie *Winner
Home Field and Stream – Enniskillen *2nd Runner up
Menarys – Provincewide *Runner up
Noones of Maghera – Maghera
Smyth Patterson – Lisburn
Best Wedding Entertainer
Atmosphere Wedding Band -Dungannon *Runner up
CT Entertainment – Newtownards *2nd Runner up
GH Entertainments – Ballymena *Winner
Juice – Cookstown
Starling Entertainments – Ballymena
Best Finishing Touches
Elite Events NI – Lurgan
Leaf Designs NI – Galgorm *Runner up
McGarry Flower & Venue Stylists – Maguiresbridge *2nd Runner up
Swift Wedding & Event Hire Services – Magherafelt *Winner
Ultimate Touches – Killaloo
Best Grooms Wear Retailer
Debonair Groomswear – Provincewide *2nd Runner up
Red Groomswear – Cookstown & Belfast *Winner
SD Kells – Provincewide
The Black Tie Showroom -L’Derry
Tux & Tails – Dungannon *Runner up
Best Bridal Retailer
Divinity Bridal – Lisburn *2nd Runner up
Perfect Day Bridal – Lurgan *Winner
Petticoat Lane Bridal – Hillsborough
Romantique Bridal Boutique – Magherafelt *Runner up
Serendipity Bridal Boutique – Fivemiletown
Best Wedding Jeweller
Bogues Jewellers – Omagh & Enniskillen
D&K The Jewellers – Cookstown *2nd Runner up
Lunn’s Jewellers – Belfast *Runner up
Mercer’s Jewellery – Enniskillen
Murray & Co – Belfast *Winner
Ciaran O’Neill Photography – Lurgan *Winner
Erica Irvine Photography – Fintona *2nd Runner up
Gemma G Photography – Omagh
Jude Brown Photography – Omagh
Roman McGrade Photography – Enniskillen *Runner up
Best Wedding Venue
Corick Country House Hotel & Spa – Clogher *Winner
Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges – Enniskillen *2nd Runner up
Leighinmohr House Hotel – Ballymena
Lough Erne Resort – Enniskillen
Manor House Country Hotel – Killadeas *Runner up
And there you have it, all finalists, runners up and winners from this year’s getting married in Northern Ireland reader awards ceremony. Congratulations to all those involved as well as a special thank you to Dawn from getting married in Northern Ireland for letting Robert and myself gatecrash your fantastic event, sponsored by He-Shi exceptional tan. On that note I was wearing the He-Shi dark mousse on the night and I swear by it. If you have followed me for a while then you will know I am a massive fan of this local brand and it will without doubt be the tan of choice at our wedding! Check out https://he-shi.eu/stockist-locator/ for your local stockist!
Special shout out to Sonya Mac, previous host of cool goes quiet (Cool fm) for the after party tunes! I love a good boogie!
*Pick up your copy of Getting married in Northern Ireland now! It really is a great resource for local brides and grooms! Really great wedding inspiration with helpful hints and tips! Their website too is fab https://gettingmarried-ni.co.uk and now also on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gettingmarriedni
Thanks for reading,